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One of the priorites for Goldens’ was having the cooker made domestically.


to a hinge, and if the steel band isn’t tightened well, the shells can fall out. Also, those bands fatigue and need to be replaced. When it’s fatigued, the ceramic cracks due to the heat and reheat cycles, and failure can begin with just the smallest of cracks in the firebox. Te shells also must be removed when replacing the sealing gasket that runs along the shells’ rim. Could a strong, portable cooker be light enough to take to cookouts and tailgates? It would need to be attrac- tive to consumers and last long enough to be an heirloom, not to mention be built in the U.S. “(Development) began with us


trying to walk through what are the elements of a cooker that need to be preserved and what are the elements of the cooker that are pain points for the user,” said George Boyd Jr., vice president, Goldens’. “We saw elimi- nation of steel bands holding ceramic shells and the lack of durability as being two of the primary deficiencies that we can take advantage of, so we engineered toward eliminating those user pain points.” Goldens’ converted the standard


ash grate, firebox and fire ring found in a typical kamado grill into a single cast component. It’s a thick- walled cast iron shape that provides durability and resiliency. The design allows for air insulation between the heat source and the exterior of the cooker, extending the heat cycle life. Tere are no bands to hold the top


and bottom together, since the hinge is integral to the casting. Te product also can be fitted with a trailer hitch attach- ment so it can be taken to any tailgate.


18 | MODERN CASTING February 2017 Baby-back ribs are one of the many foods that are grilled on Goldens’ cooker. “Tis is an heirloom product,” Boyd


said. “Tis is just like your grand- mother’s frying pan that came down a couple generations. Tis is something your great-grandkids will be cooking on, so that’s pretty awesome.” Te cooker, which was prototyped in nobake sand before being cast for production in green sand, has a 20.5


in. diameter and 330 sq. in. cooking area. Te 100% cast iron construction is made in Goldens’ casting facility with a powder-coated exterior. Split-design cooking grates with legs allow cooking close to or away from the heat source. “We knew from our experience


professionally and personally about the superior characteristics of cast


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